So said a man in one of Poe’s tales, “The Assignation”:
“To dream has been the business of my life, I have therefore framed for myself, as you see, a bower of dreams.”
The sole purpose of this brief post is to relay that quote. It is full of meaning for me, despite the dark nature of the story whence it came.
The word “assignation” has two meanings. The first, “an appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers,” is most likely the meaning of the title of Poe’s story. And yet, the second meaning — “the allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something” — may also be pertinent.
The man with whom the narrator becomes acquainted is in love with the Marchesa Aphrodite. Yet their love is a hopeless love, it seems: a tragic love. Therefore, the “mysterious man,” as the narrators labels him, dies a tragic death. His hopes are never realized.
And yet, not so with all hopes and dreams. There is always the possibility that they will end in fire and smoke; but also, there is the possibility that they will evolve into a reality greater than anything you have ever imagined.
Therefore, do not hesitate to dream. And never cease to do it. Perhaps, the tragic death of the mysterious man was only for lack of strength; or lack of faith. Whichever is the case, we ourselves must do all we can to avoid such an end.
For, I believe that the end is already written, for each and every one of us; and I believe that it is only our task to hold onto our strength, our courage and our faith, until the end is reached. If our strength maintains us, the end will not be hopeless.
“To dream,” he continued . . . “to dream has been the business of my life, I have therefore framed for myself, as you see, a bower of dreams.”